Posted: 27 April 2016
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Making the GRAID
Making the GRAID

What’s the story behind National Grid’s latest innovation in robotic technology? A behind-the-scenes video explains…

“GRAID will give us the inside story on pipework condition, providing hard, reliable data.”

Jon Lelliott, National Grid’s project lead.

[The project has moved on since this article. Read the latest GRAID article here.]

In a world-first, National Grid is pioneering a new way of inspecting high-pressure gas pipework. Project GRAID is using cutting-edge robotic technology – and the combined expertise of several industry experts – to revolutionise the way National Grid manages its assets.

“GRAID will give us the inside story on pipework condition, providing hard, reliable data that will allow us to target investment to manage, maintain and replace them more efficiently,” said Jon Lelliott, National Grid’s project lead.

“At full operational capacity it is likely to save c.£60m over a 20 year period – and more than 2,000 tonnes of carbon annually. That’s equivalent to the emissions of around 500 UK households.”

National Grid is currently collaborating with three SMEs – Synthotech, Premtech and Pipeline Integrity Engineers – to bring this innovation to fruition. The video below explains how and why this ground-breaking project all came together…

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Click on the image above to watch the GRAID video.

  • Steve Clarke

    I thought the concept was to inspect pipe condition that is currently unknown (as its not piggable)?
    Given that we do not currently dig sites up to ascertain this information, where are the cost savings?
    Surely the key, and extremely valuable, benefit is comfort in detailed knowledge of the asset condition?

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